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What's New in Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid Disbursement Dates - Fall 2019

Fall financial aid disbursements will begin on Monday, August 19th for eligible students. Direct Deposit and refund checks will be processed after the 19th. We encourage you to complete all of your tasks in CalCentral, resolve any holds, and enroll in a minimum of 6 units to ensure an on-time disbursement. Please allow 4-6 weeks of processing time for documents submitted on August 1 or later. Processing is completed on a first-come, first-served basis. Processing times will increase as we approach the start of the semester.

Emergency Loan Program Dates

The Summer 2019 Emergency Loan application closes August 16, 2019 and the Fall 2019 Emergency Loan application will open August 21, 2019. For more information about Emergency Loans, please visit our Short-Term Emergency Loan page.

Fastest Way to Receive Your Financial Aid Refund

If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit to receive your refund, you can still sign up via CalCentral! Activation may take up to seven business days. Until Direct Deposit is activated, paper refund checks are printed and held for you to pick up at Cal Student Central. Don't wait in line for a paper check this semester!

Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQS

All students are required to have health insurance at UC Berkeley. Enrolling in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) may impact your financial aid. Review our Financial Aid and Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) FAQs page for more information on how enrolling and/or waiving out of SHIP may impact your awards. By Tuesday, August 13, 2019, SHIP will be added to students' budgets and additional aid will be awarded for those students who do not waive. Please monitor your awards in CalCentral for any updates.

2019-20 Satisfactory Academic Progress

We will do our final Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) evaluation for the 2019-20 year after summer grades post. If you do not meet the SAP requirements, we will notify you via email and post a task in CalCentral. Visit the Satisfactory Academic Progress website to find out more. Students not meeting SAP will have their financial aid packages held until an appeal is successfully completed and approved. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee approval. 

2019-20 Cost of Attendance Adjustment Requests

The Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request form will be available in early September 2019. Learn more about the process on our Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request page.

Money Management Resources Available

Need help managing your money? Bears for Financial Success is a peer-to-peer program on campus to help you manage your personal finances. You can schedule an appointment with a peer educator or check out our website for more information. We're also happy to announce that money management resources are available to UC Berkeley students through the online personal finance tool, iGrad. iGrad gives you access to personalized content like videos, articles, calculators, and other tools to help you improve your money management skills and knowledge in college and beyond. Create your account today!

2020-21 Financial Aid Applications Available October 1

Each October the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the California Dream Act Application become available for the next academic year. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to meet all financial aid deadlines. The application priority deadline is March 2. If you file after March 2, some types of financial aid may be limited. For more information, visit the FAFSA website and the Dream Act website.

Our staff is here to guide you and your family through the financial aid process from start to finish. Please complete your aid application and allow the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to determine your eligibility for federal, state and institutional support that can support you in achieving your educational goals.